Tag Archive | "Social Engineering"


29 June 2009 | 25,511 views

Michael Jackon Spam/Malware – RIP The King Of Pop

For people of my age and generation and I’d guess for most readers of Darknet, Michael Jackson would have had a great influence on our lives. The biggest news last week was most certainly his death, as usual the bad guys were extremely quick to capitalize on this and were sending out spam within hours [...]

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16 October 2008 | 5,100 views

E-mail Scammers Target Microsoft Users

Microsoft users are being targeted again by malware via e-mail, scammers/spammers never give up and for once the e-mail looks fairly legitimate. Usually this kind of ‘baitware’ is riddled with terrible grammar and horrible spellings, do make sure you brief the less security aware friends you have about this though just in case. Email scams [...]

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26 September 2008 | 7,964 views

Brits Give Up Passwords For a £5 Gift Voucher

So it turns out you don’t need any fancy password cracking software like John the Ripper or Cain and Abel you just need a handful of £5 gift vouchers for Marks and Spencers! But we had discussed this in part before, some people will give out their passwords if you just ask, some if you [...]

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02 July 2008 | 4,730 views

Google Calendar a New Target for Phishing

It seems like the Phishing crews at trying to get some new ideas on how to con people into giving away their credentials and leaking info. The latest target appears to be Google Calendar. As always be on your guard as these scams are coming from all directions. A few months ago, spam came to [...]

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10 June 2008 | 12,716 views

Virus Variant Extorts You by Encrypting Your Files

Malware authors are getting sneaky again, in the latest turn of events they have started encrypting your files and holding them at ransom! You have to pay up to get the ‘decryptor’ and get access to your files again. This is pretty dangerous…and cunning too. It’s not easily broken either, they are using RSA 1024-bit [...]

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25 April 2008 | 5,925 views

Chocolate Owns Your Passwords

The same old story, if you ask people for something they will most likely give it without thinking of the consequences.. Even more so if you are a pretty girl, and in this case you offer someone chocolate. Hey who doesn’t love chocolate? I have to say I don’t love it enough to give out [...]

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07 November 2007 | 3,624 views

Thousands Hooked by Malware from Big Sites

If I recall this is not the first time this has happened, delivering viral payloads via banner ads and flaws in scripting. It seems that malware peddlers are getting more aggressive though, it obviously shows there is actual monetary value in infecting people and stealing their data. A subtle form of social engineering too, by [...]

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25 April 2007 | 5,824 views

Social Engineering Gets a Big Jewel Heist

It just goes to show, sometimes the simple things are the most effective. A box of chocolates can defeat all the most hi-tech security systems if you add a little charm. 21 million Euros of diamonds, that’s one hell of a catch. A thief has evaded one of the world’s most expensive hi-tech security systems, [...]

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14 March 2007 | 5,988 views

Huge Online Loss by Swedish Bank Nordea – Claimed to be Biggest Loss?

A massive online heist, some (like McAfee) claim it’s the biggest ever online sting involving a bank, it’s comes in at about half a million pounds or or $1.1 million USD. Using some l33t0 custom trojan, it seems to be more a case of lack of education and the whole situation could have been avoided [...]

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07 July 2006 | 8,666 views

‘Free’ USB Drives Defeat Company Security

This is an excellent case of Social Engineering, you could also consider it playing on human greed/ignorance/stupidity. Whatever you want to label it really ;) USB drives are a real security risk.. We recently got hired by a credit union to assess the security of its network. The client asked that we really push hard [...]

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